Ekka 2018

Show details

  • Venue: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
  • Dates: Friday 10 August to Sunday 19 August
  • Gate times: 9am to 8pm each day

Ensure you don't miss any of the action. Plan your journey and arrive with plenty of time to enjoy the show.

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Getting there

Use the journey planner to find out which scheduled bus and train services travel to and from the Brisbane Showgrounds.

Check for current and upcoming service changes.

The Brisbane Showgrounds is serviced by Exhibition station and is close to Herston busway station (approximately 550m away).

Google map of stops near the Brisbane Showgrounds

Stops near the Ekka!


Exhibition station will be open all through this year's show.

Catch any city-bound train and swap to the Ekka loop service at Roma Street, Central or Fortitude Valley station.

Loop services run approximately every 20 minutes from 9am until 11pm each day. 

Queensland Rail will be operating a heritage steam train service on the Ekka loop from 10am until 3.45pm on Wednesday 15 August 

The steam train will operate alongside regular electric services on the loop. 

On Wednesday 15 August most rail services will operate to a Saturday timetable, with a few exceptions. These exceptions are due to to regions outside of Brisbane not observing the public holiday. 

  • Some additional morning services (before 6am) will operate.
  • Additional Sunshine Coast line services will run.
  • Late night services/last trains will resemble a normal weekday timetable (not Saturday night services).
  • No NightLink services

Remember to use Journey Planner before you travel. 


Herston busway station will again be our main bus hub for Ekka.

Jump on an Ekka shuttle from Carindale and Eight Mile Plains, or any route 330, 333 or 340 service from Chermside direct to Herston.

Travelling from somewhere else? Use our journey planner to find the best trip to and from Herston busway station.

Herston station is just a short walk (550m) to the Sideshow Alley entrance at Gate 6. If you have trouble walking this distance, you can change to an Ekka loop train at Roma Street to get dropped off in the middle of the showground.

Ekka way finding map

Text description of Ekka way finding map

Shuttle buses


  • Weekdays and Saturdays
    • 9.09am to 5.39pm - to Herston
    • 11.05am to 10.05pm to Carindale
  • Sundays and Wednesday public holiday
    • 8.50am to 5.30pm - to Herston
    • 11.10am to 10.22pm - to Carindale

Departure locations:


  • Weekdays and Saturdays
    • 8.56am to 5.26pm - to Herston
    • 11.20am to 10.10pm to Eight Mile Plains
  • Sundays and Wednesday public holiday
    • 9.08am to 5.28pm - to Herston
    • 11.08am to 10.21pm - to Eight Mile Plains

Departure locations:

In addition to these shuttle services, a number of regular schedualed services travel to Herston. So if you don't want to wait for the next shuttle, use journey planner to see which services can also get you there. 

Additional services


The following additional services will operate during this year's show:

  • Saturday 11 & 18 August
    • 9.21pm - Roma Street to Nambour
  • Sunday 12 & 19 August
    • 6.53am - Nambour to Central 
    • 8.27am - Ipswich to Central
    • 8.34am - Springfield Central to Central
    • 9.09am - Springfield Central to Central
    • 9.21pm - Roma Street to Nambour

Ticket and fare information

You need a valid TransLink ticket to travel to Ekka. 

go card

Getting to the Ekka is easy with your go card. Simply touch on and off when travelling. 

Avoid the queues and set up auto-top up before heading to the show. 

Ekka travel ticket

Save money with the Ekka Travel Ticket. Its just $6 adults and $3 children/concession for return travel from anywhere on the TransLink SEQ network (excluding Airtrain).

Ekka travel tickets can only be purchased from the following locations:

  • Attended Queensland Rail train stations - check Queensland Rail website for opening times; or
  • On-board bus or ferry services (excludes pre-paid and free services).

You must show your pre-purchased Ekka entry ticket when purchasing the travel tickets on the day you are attending Ekka. 

If you are travelling on an EK shuttle, you don't need a pre-purchased Ekka entry ticket to buy the travel ticket. 

Event information

Visit the Ekka website for more information and to buy event tickets.